Admission/How to Apply

Applicants to the School of Music must meet requirements and submit applications for both Brandon University and the School of Music. See the General Calendar for further information.

For admission to Brandon University, High School graduation in Manitoba or its equivalent is generally the minimum requirement. For more information about Brandon University Admission Requirements, or how to apply to Brandon University, contact the Brandon University Admissions Office.

 

The Entrance Audition must be preceded by application to both the University and the School of Music.

  • The completed audition form stating the requested audition date and repertoire to be performed should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the audition.
  • The minimum performance standard is approximately Grade VIII Royal Conservatory or Conservatory Canada (Grade VII Conservatory Canada for Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion). Auditions require the performance of three contrasting selections demonstrating the applicant’s musicality and technique. Aural skills to be tested will include the ability to sing a note after hearing it played on the piano; to identify (or sing) intervals; to sing up and down major and minor scales or to identify notes from within such scales; to clap back a rhythm after it has been clapped twice; and to play back or sing a short melodic phrase after it has been played twice.
  • Sight reading may also be required.
  • Upon request an accompanist will be provided for a $40 fee.
  • Applicants wanting instrument-specific requirements are encouraged to contact the appropriate instructor.

Music Theory Assessment

  • The audition process includes a theory assessment test.
  • The purpose of test is to assess your working knowledge of music theory rudiments, which is important to help you be successful in your first year of study and beyond.
  • Applicants can choose when to write this test when they submit their Entrance Audition Form.
  • Please note the results of the assessment do not affect acceptance to the School of Music.

Music Theory Rudiments

  • Applicants interested in improving their knowledge of music theory rudiments before commencing studies, or before writing the assessment test, can take the online rudiments course offered through the Eckhardt-Grammatte Conservatory of Music.
  • Alternatively, students will be required to take 64:110 – Materials of Music in their first semester of study. Please note that this course does not count towards the Bachelor of Music degree.

Exemptions

  • Applicants who have successfully completed the Royal Conservatory of Music Level 8 Theory exam (previously known as Grade 2 Rudiments), the Conservatory Canada Theory 3 Exam, or other equivalent exam, can send their results to music@brandonu.ca in order to be exempt from taking the assessment test.

Sample Test

Recorded Auditions

  • Although live auditions are preferable, recorded auditions on CD or DVD are accepted in cases where travel to Brandon presents serious problems.
  • In these cases, corroborative evidence of performance ability and of the authenticity of the recorded performances is required.
  • Recorded auditions should be received no later than May 1, 2020.

Audition dates for Fall 2020 admission are:

  • Thursday and Friday, October 10 and 11, 2019
  • Thursday, February 6, 2020
  • Thursday and Friday, March 19 and 20, 2020
  • Thursday and Friday, April 23 and 24, 2020
  • Friday and Saturday, May 8 and 9, 2020

Applicants requesting an alternate audition date should contact the Administrative Assistant to the School of Music.

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GRADUATE PROGRAM.